CLOUD 9 (Enric Ruiz-Geli)

New York Aquarium, 2006

Avec Frei Otto et Ebner+Ullman Architecture

Since the 1950s, the peninsula of Coney Island has experienced a precipitous decline in its popularity, with its famous amusement parks closing one after the other, leaving only a leisure center and an aquarium built in 1957 by Robert Moses. In the framework of the urban plan for this now disjointed area, the Wildlife Conservation Society launched a competition in 2006 aiming to transform Coney Island into a cultural and educational destination focusing on environmental issues. The winning prize went to Ruiz-Geli, who proposed a unifying structure connecting the aquarium to the parking areas, boardwalks and circulation paths, all of which were spaces that had previously been disconnected. On one hand the architect designed a structure of 450 x 150 m covering the entire area of the aquarium and the adjacent buildings and, on the other, new north/south and east/west transportation routes. The structure is similar to a stretched canvas cloth, both light and interactive and designed in collaboration with the architect and engineer Frei Otto. It is made up of a network of over 40,000 LEDs that store the energy from sunlight and then light the building at night, reminiscent of the magical spectacle of the Dreamland theme park. For Ruiz-Geli, it is not a roof or a covering, but rather a performative empathic skin that reacts to the constantly changing atmospheric conditions of the site. Thus, the visitor is immersed in a humid aquatic landscape, with salt air, sunshine and shade. More precisely, the network of cables supported by steel masts was designed like the skin of a fish. The study of marine life helped to foster correlations between the way an epidermis with a scaly structure interacts with water and the architecture’s performance, which responds to its environment by filtering, protecting and regulating the temperature.

Nadine Labedade

New York Aquarium

Master Plan

Panneau de concours

Tirage contrecollé sur carton plume

59 x 83.7 x 1

2006

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Photographie
Tirage sur papier photographique
29.6 x 41.9
2006
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Maquette
Bois, plexiglas, aluminium, verre, polyamide
28 x 170 x 159.5
2006
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Dessin
Feutre sur papier
83.3 x 68.4
2006
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Dessin
Feutre et encre sur papier
29.6 x 42.1
2006
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Dessin
Feutre sur papier
29.7 x 42
2006
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Dessin de Frei Otto
Dessin
Fusain sur papier
29.6 x 42.1
2006
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Photographie
Tirage sur papier photographique
29.6 x 41.9
2006
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Photographie
Tirage sur papier photographique
29.6 x 41.9
2006
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Photographie
Tirage sur papier photographique
29.6 x 41.9
2006
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Photographie
Tirage sur papier photographique
29.6 x 41.9
2006
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Photographie
Tirage sur papier photographique
29.6 x 41.9
2006
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Photographie
Tirage sur papier photographique
29.6 x 41.9
2006
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Photographie
Tirage sur papier photographique
29.6 x 41.9
2006
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Photographie
Tirage sur papier photographique
29.6 x 41.9
2006
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The Web Book
Carnet
Impressions sur papier
27.9 x 42.5
2006
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Master Plan
Panneau de concours
Tirage contrecollé sur carton plume
59 x 83.7 x 1
2006
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Panneau de concours
Tirage contrecollé sur carton plume
59 x 83.7 x 1
2006
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Panneau de concours
Tirage contrecollé sur carton plume
59 x 83.7 x 1
2006
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Web Skeleton + Skin
Panneau de concours
Tirage contrecollé sur carton plume
59 x 83.7 x 1
2006
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